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Van Wagner & Wood, S.C., Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyers
Attorney Chris Van Wagner & Attorney Tracey Wood

Adultery is a crime under Wisconsin laws. The crime of adultery can only occur if one (or both) of the parties involved in an extra-marital affair are married to another person.

Wisconsin Laws On Adultery

Under Wisconsin law, if a married person has sexual intercourse with a person who is not his spouse, both parties commit the crime of adultery. Under Wisconsin law (WI Statute 944.16), adultery is a Class I felony.

The penalty for a Class I Felony is a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 3-1/2 years, or both; however, for a repeat offender, the term of imprisonment may increase up to 2 years with prior misdemeanor convictions, and up to 6 years with a prior felony conviction.

Why Is Adultery A Crime?

Under the laws of most states across the United States, adultery is not a crime. Wisconsin legislature imposed criminal sanctions upon the crime of adultery to preserve and protect the institution of marriage and family. In 2006, voters also voted a constitutional amendment defining the institution of marriage as being a legal marriage and contract between one man and one woman. That amendment also addressed the state's legal position on bigamy.

Van Wagner & Wood, S.C., Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have been arrested for adultery, it may benefit you to know that the crime of adultery has been successfully prosecuted in the state of Wisconsin in recent history resulting in a man being sentenced to prison for a period of years for having had an affair. If you are being charged with adultery, if you have been accused of adultery, or if you were previously convicted of adultery and believe the sentence or conviction were wrong, please call ( or ), e-mail the attorneys or submit your case information] to the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood for a free brief but professional first-impression analysis of the criminal charges against you and how the laws of the state of Wisconsin may affect you, or how you may be able to challenge the conviction or imprisonment or directly appeal the lower court's decision or sentence.

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